[quote]BF Bullpup wrote:
Thanks for the replies. Keep in mind that I wasn’t asking about half-reps or even 75% reps. I was thinking more like 95% reps, 90% at the worst. I meant if you couldn’t lift something past a couple of inches under the peak position of your concentric phase, would that still be considered failure?
Some more examples other than my first post:
-pull-down bar stops going down 2 inches above the top of the chest (I’m aware that pull-ups are better, just an example)
-the heels are one inch below their usual highest point during calf raises
-the pad doesn’t touch your butt anymore during lying leg curls, but it still reaches 1-2 inches above it
I experienced that kind of failure, if it can be called failure, today and it hit me that every time that happens I end up lowering the weight so I could do full ROM. I feel like that mindset may have held me back for years just because I thought I was doing bad when I was just trying too hard to be perfect.[/quote]
I got an answer for you. When i was a less experienced lifter, i read the same information. FULL ROM!!! ALWAYS! So i did. The weights i chose always allowed FULL ROM. I was muscular, but lean wih it… never any growth spurts. I plateaued in the first 2 years of lifting and could not shift no matter what.
I trained with a friend who used much higher weights than i did, i managed 2-3 reps full ROM, then the rest majority ROM, then the last 2 as partials - with a few forced thrown in… This was on all exercises.
I ached like a motherfucker. I grew like a bastard. Lesson learnt.
I use a heavy arse weight that allows some full rom reps then that may lessen over the set, then I INCREASE THE WEIGHT AGAIN! to do some more… always trying to reach as full an ROM as possible.
I have a question… i watched the youtube of the guy doing pullups:
and i was comparing that to my form, where i go all the way up - is that just using my arms mostly, and i can get the right stimulation on my lats from stopping when the elbows reach 90degrees? I tried it, and i can use a decent amount of extra weight… wha do ya reckon?